Bears Decline to Pick Up 2018 Contract Option on Guard Josh Sitton

Veteran offensive guard Josh Sitton will get another chance to test the free-agent market next month, Austin Knoblauch of reports.

The Chicago Bears are declining to pick up Sitton’s $8 million contract option for next season, sources informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

He’s set to become a free agent when the new league year starts March 14. Chicago also won’t bring back linebacker Jerrell Freeman for 2018.

With the decision, Sitton enters the free-agent market for the second time of his career after the Green Bay Packers released him just before the start of the 2016 season.

Sitton, 31, started in 25 of the 26 games he played in for Chicago.

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